Arts In Education
The Arts Council provides financial support and creative guidance to classrooms within Gaston County Public Schools for the creation of projects which demonstrate the integration of arts and science, arts and technology, arts and engineering, and/or arts and math (STEAM).
The art teachers connect with their colleagues in the science, technology, engineering and/or math departments to plan the project and then work with the students to create and implement the project. The projects are meant to create cross collaboration among departments to incorporate the arts to enhance the students’ grasp of their existing coursework in subjects like and related to science, technology, engineering and math as well as factor in the effective use of creativity. It is encouraged that the STEAM focused projects, for the upper grades, relate to workforce readiness. Click to view the Grant application guidelines.
Support is also provided to Pre-K and other early childhood education programs. Click to view 2017 Call for Artists Job Posting for Gaston County Artists
Gaston Arts Council has partnered with Gaston County Schools Pre-K Department, North Carolina Wolf Trap to bring the Wolf Trap teaching model to Gaston County. The program brings performing artists into Pre-Kindergarten classrooms for a seven-week residency. Through active engagement and collaboration with teaching artists in music, drama and creative movement, early childhood professionals gain a hands-on understanding of the connection between developmentally appropriate performing arts experiences and the acceleration of children’s learning in literacy.
Each Wolf Trap residency will enhance student learning through arts integration, provide professional development to teachers in their own classrooms with their own students, and help teachers and parents develop methods of making the arts a part of their daily interaction with children.